Filipina-American Anatalia Villaranda wows judges of “The Voice U.S.” with her version of Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” during the show’s season premiere.
She was one of the four-chair turners of the season. She earned praises from the show’s coaches – Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine – for her energetic blind audition.
Levine said he believes that she could win this entire thing. Stefani praised the positivity of Villaranda which is an asset when in a competition.
“This is more than just a voice. This is an artist who is unafraid to express yourself. I would like you to look in your heart and see how important it is for you to be on my team,” said Keys, which she eventually picked as her coach.
Villaranda is a ‘full-bloodied’ Filipina. “Im full blood Pinay 🙂 My mom is from Bacolod and my dad is from Manila ! Thanks for your support!” she replied to a fan tweet when asked about her nationality.
The 16-year old from California also tried her luck in the final season of American Idol, but failed to make the cut.